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Philamhor (from the Gaelic Feileadh Mor – literally Great Plaid) was documented towards the end of the 16th Century setting Scots and Irish uniform apart for the first time and is the grandfather of the modern kilt.

A Philamhor was typically 6-7 metres of thick wool material, either plain or in tartan, and gathered in pleats, belted, with the excess worn on the upper body as extra protection against the harsh Highland weather.

In the 18th Century the garment was shortened and worn below the waist only as the Philabeg (maybe we should call our half pints a Philabeg..?) with the tailored kilt we know today introduced at some point in the 19th century. The Scots word Kilt meaning to ‘tuck clothes around the body’ derived from the old Norse Kjalta – fold of a gathered skirt. Today the kilt is worn casually or for celebration and has become perhaps the most internationally recognised symbol of Scotland.

Philamhor beer philosophy follows the same evolution of proud Scots tradition kept vital and exciting today and always with an eye on the future.

We brew out of Moonwake brewery on the shore in Leith. This state of the art facility blends the best of beer culture and history with a future proof system allowing an almost endless amount of variety of styles.

Find a Philamhor

Philamhor Lager is currently pouring in the sensational Edinburgh Street Food.

Bursting onto the foodie scene only this year, ESF has taken the city by storm and is revolutionising the way that locals and visitors dine in the city. An absolute must to visit here – try several of the independent food vendors, and wash it down with a pint of Philamhor.